[kwlug-disc] git-pull for individual files

Chris Frey cdfrey at foursquare.net
Mon Apr 21 21:10:30 EDT 2014

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:16:05PM -0400, John Johnson wrote:
> The question below (re: git 'pull' of a specific file [w/o
> overwriting current]) remains at least for me, open.

Note that git-pull is just a shortcut for the commands:


You can do a git-fetch anytime to update your copies of the remote
repositories (i.e. the stuff often under "origin").  And then you
can merge at will.

Merging is done at a commit level, not a tree level.  If you need to
merge only a certain tree or file, it would be better to split that
file's change into one commit, so you can reference it by commit.

- Chris

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